Tuesday, May 20, 2008
Lake Como #2 - SOLD
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7"x 9" oil on gessoed board. sold
The three weeks since I've posted new work seems like a year! A multiple of reasons for the long break could be listed, but all I want to say is it's good to be back painting.
This piece, painted from a photo I took in 2006, was painted over several days. I'm using new paint (regular oils instead of the M. Graham oils) new palette of colors, a new self mixed medium, some new brushes and new surface ( the second time to paint on board instead of canvas). I found it very hard to get back into the hang of it all. The time away from the easel combined with the new supplies was intimidating to say the least. I felt like I was starting from scratch and had forgotten how to paint at all. Approaching this painting in baby steps, over three different sessions, was easier than having the pressure of completing it in one sitting. I've been used to working wet into wet, so this was a bit different working over dry paint. I found it very hard to achieve the soft edges without mixing paint for already painted areas to work into the newly painted parts. Due to the new palette I'm really pleased with the color. I've dropped Ultramarine blue and am now using Prussian blue, as well as adding black. Many teachers say never use black, but one of my favorite artists (Daniel Gerhartz) uses black. He never uses black alone, only mixed with other colors. I'll let you know if I can get along without the ultramarine.